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The London Literature Festival is in Town + More Events This Week

The London Literature Festival is in Town + More Events This Week
Photo Source: Courtesy London Literature Festival
New York may have the glitz and L.A. may have the sunshine, but if you love the theatre, there’s only one place to be: dark and dingy, weird and wonderful London. Get out and about and discover the city with our round-up of what to do this week. 
 
Join the London literature set.
Annie Leibovitz is doing it. Hillary Clinton is doing it. Even Tom Hanks is doing it. So why not join in? On Oct. 13, get ready for the start of the London Literature Festival when an assortment of clever, interesting people will be talking books, words, and writing. (Tickets from £10) 
 
Test out that audition piece.
Monologue Mondays at the Phoenix Arts Club is a handy date to know. Held on the second Monday of every month, you can get on stage for two minutes and try out a tricky audition monologue for a real live human audience. Handy but also possibly terrifying—you decide! (Free)
 
Have a surreal laugh.
Banish the bad week blues by letting the brilliantly bonkers Harry Hill make you laugh. His Brainwash Club promises to be a ‘top comedy/variety/odd night out’ and is a great introduction to the surreal side of British humour. (Tickets: £6)
 
Get your festival vibe on.
The idea that as we edge into autumn, it might be time to say farewell to summer and the music that comes with it is just plain wrong. Hackney Wonderland is keeping the festival spirit alive with this one day, five-venue music crawl across E8. Eat that, autumn! (Tickets: £22.50)    
 
Hear what a top director has to say.
Phyllida Lloyd is one of the UK’s busiest directors. Working across stage and screen, she’s recently completed an all-female Shakespeare trilogy in the theatre but is probably best known for her debut film, ‘Mamma Mia’. Interested in hearing more from Lloyd? She’ll be at the National on Nov. 3 to talk about her long and varied career. (Tickets: £7) 

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